CLARK, NJ – Set your alarms and reminders for Friday May, 15 to watch the first ever "kTV StarPower: Home Edition."  kTV StarPower is Carl H. Kumpf Middle School’s annual lip sync contest, started in 2012. 

The event historically showcased students and teachers performing lip sync videos  which were aired on the school’s daily student-produced television broadcast, kTV Live.  These broadcasts typically culminate into live stage performances from the finalists at a special evening event. 

Since distance learning is the way of meeting for the rest of this school year, the event will take place online via a live video stream on YouTube, with all videos from the contestants being pre-recorded.  For the first time, contestants were allowed to incorporate family members into their lip sync performances.

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This event will actually serve as Kumpf’s first virtual assembly for the students to enjoy together online during the school day this Friday at 1:00pm via the school's YouTube page at:

"Our first kTV StarPower: Home Edition is so much fun!”  Mr. Richard Delmonaco, Kumpf principal saod.  “It is such a great diversion during this remote learning time and is a way to keep the school community connected.  I really appreciate all the time and effort Mr. Serwedes and the kTV kids have committed to making this event happen!"

Friday’s assembly is actually a specially insituted second season of  kTV StarPower, since there was already a session before the pandemic closed schools.

kTV StarPower features three teacher judges who provide “colorful” criticism and award each act up to five “stars” for each performance.  Suzanne Hamilton, known by the students as the “cool” judge, stated that she likes lip sync acts with good “choreography and originality.”  She also said that she’s always on the lookout for interesting fashion choices. 

Cheri Fabrizzio, known as the "nice" judge by students, is usually reminding contestants to "be safe and appropriate" in their performances.  "I love performances containing a lot of energy as well as those that look polished," said Fabrizzio.  

Then there is the judge thought to be more brutally honest according to school officials.  Kelli Yetsko is known to be labeled as "the mean judge" by the students.  She stated that she is "looking for acts that put in a lot of forethought and really dedicate themselves to entertaining the audience."

In addition to the three teacher judges' scores, Kumpf students are also invited to score each contestant via online voting to help determine the winner.  Each year, the winning performance earns $100.

Kumpf's kTV program is produced by multimedia teacher  Matthew Serwedes.  This year marks kTV's 20th anniversary.  Even though the school building is empty, kTV Live has still continued to create live broadcasts for the school every day via YouTube, with each kTV student staff member able to present their segments live from home, with live appearances from Kumpf teachers and staff.

“It was important for kTV to use their broadcast technology to create a sense of normalcy to an otherwise difficult situation,” said Serwedes. “The daily ‘kTV Live’ broadcasts and the ‘kTV StarPower: Home Edition’ virtual assembly were our ways to support the community and show how we can all persevere in a time of hardship. “

He continued, “In preparation for kTV's 20th anniversary, Principal Delmonaco allocated funding to upgrade all of kTV’s studio equipment over the last few years, which fortunately already included the ability to live stream from any digital device worldwide.  We are happy to use these new tools to help unite the community even when everyone has to be apart right now," Serwedes shared.


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